Chasing a Moonbow at Cumberland Falls, KY

Chasing a Moonbow at Cumberland Falls, KY

Here’s an item for your bucket list:  Marveling at a magical moonbow – not a rainbow, but a moonbow. This phenomenon occurs at Cumberland Falls in southeastern Kentucky and nowhere else in the western hemisphere. Cumberland Falls, the centerpiece of a popular Kentucky state park, is a curtain of water 125 feet across and 60 feet tall. It pours into a rocky gorge, and on the nights of a full moon, magic happens. There, arching across the night sky,  is a moonbow. Kentucky native T. Coleman DuPont bought the falls in 1927 and gave…Read more
Houma, Louisiana: Experience Bayou Country’s Best Museums

Houma, Louisiana: Experience Bayou Country’s Best Museums

Top photo source: flickr user Michael McCarthy In the heart of Louisiana’s Bayou Country lies Houma, a city heralded as a nature lover’s paradise. Here you’ll find over 2,500 square miles of swamps and wetlands, breathtaking scenery, world-class fishing, birding sanctuaries, nature preserves, and so much more. But Houma (located in the Atchafalaya Basin, just 55 miles from New Orleans), is also a city that’s proud of her cultural heritage and is home to some wonderfully diverse museums. Here are a few I found especially interesting: Houma’s Regional Military Museum commemorates the sacrifices…Read more
Fort Sumter, SC: First Battle of the Civil War

Fort Sumter, SC: First Battle of the Civil War

Top photo credit Charleston, South Carolina, is a charming city, known for its rich history and its world-famous southern hospitality. There’s so much to see and do in this captivating locale, but make sure you budget in some time to venture out to one of the area’s premier attractions, Fort Sumter. Fort Sumter is an island fortification located in Charleston Harbor, and is most famous for being the site where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. After South Carolina succeeded from the Union, they wanted the Union forces stationed there…Read more
Spend a Hot and Spicy Day on Avery Island

Spend a Hot and Spicy Day on Avery Island

You may not have heard of Avery Island, LA and the name Edmund McIlhenny may not immediately ring a bell. But you are almost certain to be familiar with a product manufactured here by the McIlhenny family since 1868 — the peppery-hot condiment called Tabasco Sauce. Driving over the small toll bridge onto Avery Island, I know I've arrived at my destination as I notice the peppery-vinegar smell wafting through the air from the Tabasco factory that starts as a mild whiff and gets stronger the closer I get. Most visitors come here…Read more
Macon, GA’s Pinkest Party on Earth

Macon, GA’s Pinkest Party on Earth

They call the International Cherry Blossom Festival “the Pinkest Party on Earth” for good reason. Every March, Macon basks in the glory of more than 300,000 cherry trees that produce more cherry blossoms than any city in the world – Washington, D.C., included. Japan’s consul general even proclaimed Macon the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World"! This annual festival takes place in mid-March (March 19- April 4 this year) and has won many awards and accolades, including being named a Top 20 Event in the South, and a Top 50 Event in the U.S.…Read more
Mardi Gras Masks, Music and Merriment in Mobile, Alabama

Mardi Gras Masks, Music and Merriment in Mobile, Alabama

For many people, when they think about Mardi Gras celebrations, they think New Orleans. That's understandable because it's usually the Big Easy's iconic festivities that are associated with the carnival season in America. Many historians believe that the earliest Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when French explorers landed near what would become New Orleans, dubbed the area Point du Mardi Gras, and held a small celebration there. However, the first organized carnival in America actually occurred in Mobile, Alabama in 1703, 15 years before New Orleans was founded. And in…Read more
Memphis, TN: Beale is the Real Deal

Memphis, TN: Beale is the Real Deal

I was chatting with a friend of mine about traveling (of course!) and when I told her I was looking forward to my upcoming trips to Memphis, TN to revisit one of my all-time favorite destinations, Beale Street, she had no idea what I was talking about! At first I thought she was joking: Beale Street is one of America's most famous thoroughfares and one of Memphis' most popular tourist destinations. It's listed on the national register of historic places. But more than that, Beale Street is quite significant in the history of American music,…Read more
“Starry Nights” Lights Up the Holiday Sky in Memphis, TN

“Starry Nights” Lights Up the Holiday Sky in Memphis, TN

The holidays are a time of traditions, and one of the Southeast’s favorite holiday traditions is experiencing the wonders of the Orion Starry Night show at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis Tennessee. What makes this dazzling light show special? First, it's one of the largest drive-through Christmas light shows in the Mid-South, with over 2 million lights illuminating the night sky. And secondly, they pay homage to their Memphis roots, with 14 new displays (in addition to the old favorites) depicting some of the best known and beloved areas of Memphis, including Graceland, The Memphis Zoo, Beale…Read more
Escape to Snow Mountain, Atlanta’s Wintry Wonderland

Escape to Snow Mountain, Atlanta’s Wintry Wonderland

Most of the time, winter doesn't bother us that much down in the Southeast, which probably explains why there are so many Yankees living among us. While we do occasionally get a bit of snow, it's nothing like the piles of white stuff they get up north. While it can be an inconvenience, I know some of us get a little "snow envy", longing for a beautiful crystal-white landscape and the fun activities that go with it. Well, no worries, because you don’t have to leave the southeast to experience walking (and playing!) in…Read more
Spend Halloween with the Master of Macabre in Richmond, VA

Spend Halloween with the Master of Macabre in Richmond, VA

Once upon a midnight dreary, I pondered on what I should do for Halloween this year... It didn't take much pondering (or a talking raven!) to inspire me. Since I am an Edgar Allan Poe aficionado, what better way to spend an eerie and spooky holiday like Halloween than with the master of macabre himself! And for me, that means I’ll be paying a visit to The Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. Most of you will be familiar with Poe from high school English classes. He was known mostly for his frightening…Read more